If you believe the version that Erdogan staged the coup (to be distinguished from having foreknowledge) – and I don’t – then he would say this.
On the other hand - and I’m not sure what the Wikeleaks release will show - Erdogan could be clearing the decks.
There are indications that there is direct American involvement. How could the Americans NOT have known anything.
Erdogan: Link Between Pilots Who Shot Down Russian Su-24 and Gulen Movement
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated that there could be a link between the pilots who shot down a Russian jet last November and the Gulen movement, blamed for last week's failed coup attempt, and suggested that foreign countries may have been involved in the attempt, as well.
21 July, 2016